Loose Tea VS. Tea Bags
There can be a lot of debate about which is better, loose tea or tea bags. Most people just go to the grocery store and pick out a box of tea bags without ever really experiencing loose herbal tea. This is too bad because there are many reasons why people should think about buying loose tea instead of standard tea bags.
The actual size of a tea leaf makes a big difference when brewing tea. When you look closely at bagged tea people will find that it is very small broken parts of herbs or leaves. When brewing with loose leaves people are going to get more flavors. This is because when the leaves are broken up into small pieces they can lose the essential oils that make tea flavorful. Little pieces do not have the flavor and nutrients that big leaves are going to have. Loose herbal tea should have a strong and fragrant flavor which does not occur as well with tea bags.
Many people do not know that tea also brews a little better when there is room around the tea leaves. Loose herbal tea has room to swell, move, and brew in a natural way. Tea bags keep all of the broken tea leaves in a small space and does not allow for as much water circulation to extract flavors. The fragrance and flavor will be better when the leaves have more space.
Since tea bags have already been broken down for easy storage and brewing purposes, they also will go stale faster than loose tea leaves. Loose tea can be stored for a long time without going stale as long as they are stored properly. Loose tea leaves can also be brewed more than one time and still extract flavor; giving them the advantage in many ways over tea bags.
You can think of tea bags as being mass produced for the public to make a quick dollar. The cost per cup is significantly cheaper when brewing loose tea. So if for no other reason, drink loose tea for the health of your body and pocket book.